PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                        March 18, 2011


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Tonight Joey Eye will put on his promoter's hat and stage a nine-bout boxing show at Harrah's Casino & Racetrack in Chester, PA. For Eye, the boxing jack of all trades most renowned in boxing circles as a cut man,  this will be the second show in his Harrah's Chester series. His plans are for several more shows at the venue throughout the remainder of 2011. The opener of the series was a terrific set of fights back in January that featured several bloody, action packed, exciting brawls. We can only hope that "Round 2" can match that show for entertainment value. 

The main event pits Delaware's Ryan Belasco against Floridian Bryne Green in an 8-round junior welterweight bout. Belasco, 14-4-3 (3 KO), is on a three fight roll and looks to topple the 5-4 (3 KO) Green who is on a three fight skid. However his last start was a squeaker to Victor Vasquez in Philly. In that bout Green's first round trip to the canvas cost him the close decision. He looked strong and tough with a style that should compliment Belasco's straight forward approach. The two are likely to clash early and keep up the heat for eight rounds. 

In the co-feature, baby-faced Anthony Flores (9-2-1 / 6 KO) looks to rebound from his tough decision loss to undefeated Arash Usmanee at the South Philly Arena last October. Tonight he gets Georgi Kevlishvili (11-1 / 3 KO) a Russian featherweight fighting in the US for the first time. In his last bout he was blasted out in the first round by Ayup Arsaev in Moscow. Flores aims to land his own heavy bombs in hopes of a repeat. They are scheduled for six rounds. 

Filling out the card are a slate of four round bouts featuring rising local ring talent.

Promising lightweight Angel Ocasio (3-1 / 1 KO) of North Philly takes on George Santiago (1-2 / 1 KO).

Popular heavyweight Ridley Park Jamie Campbell (3-1 / 2 KO) battles Philadelphia's King Kong K.C. Cunningham (0-4).

Undefeated female lightweight Liz Sherman, of South Philly, puts her two-fight winning streak on the line against Karen Dulin (2-7 / 1 KO) of Mystic, CT.  

Philadelphia cruiserweights Taneal Goyco (3-1 / 1 KO) and Maurice Amaro (1-3) face off over four rounds. 

North Philly's Luis Castro returns for his first fight in three years against tough trial horse Ramon Ellis in a lightweight bout. Castro is 3-0 with 1 KO while the hard luck Ellis is 0-6.

North Philadelphia lightweight Lonnie Jackson Jr. fights his second pro bout (1-0) against the debuting William Morgan, also from Philly.

Finally Fred Jenkins Jr. makes his professional debut against fellow Philly newbie Scott Bronner in a light-heavyweight contest.  Jenkins is the son of legendary Philadelphia trainer Fred Sr. who runs the ABC Recreation Center in North Philly. No doubt Junior has been in the gym since his diaper days and it will be good to see him lace up the gloves as a pro. 

The first fight is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM and tickets are available at the door. With actual Philadelphia-staged fights at an all-time low these days, the short ride to Chester for an old-school blood and guts boxing card is a no-brainer. Maybe if you close your eyes tonight it just might feel like you're at the Blue Horizon again, sans the scary "atmosphere-soaked" men's room.


Promoter Joey Eye


Headliner Ryan Belasco


Anthony Flores


Angel Ocasio


Jamie Campbell


Liz Sherman


Taneal Goyco


Luis Castro


Lonnie Jackson Jr.


Fred Jenkins Jr.


Co-promoter David Feldman





John DiSanto - News & Notes - March 18, 2011